New Year = new beginnings…
For some of us, it feels like the first quarter of the year is a great time to renovate or start a home improvement project. However, before you jump into the trend, ensure that you got everything you need. First thing, and possibly the most important, is looking for a contractor. How do you know for sure that your chosen contractor will give you the exact design you want within your budget and within the timeframe that you have set for them?
Here are the qualities of a professional and efficient contractor:
Knowledge and Experience
Yes… top of the list! Expertise is still the best indication of a good contractor. However, this goes beyond the ability to use the right tools and perform the job well. This also involves the capacity to consider all the aspects of the project like budget, location, scope and other details and make them all work together to produce a successful outcome.
How do you know this without seeing them work? Talk to them. Ask them questions. If they are able to answer your queries with the right amount confidence, vision and know-how, then you know that they’re pioneers in the industry.
A seasoned contractor surely knows the right way to do things. Problem is – they sometimes stick to whatever works through time without learning new things or adapting to current trends. It’s not that they don’t want to. They just don’t feel like there is a need to do so. However, a great contractor refuses to stop learning. They discover new ways and invest in the latest tools; especially if these new trends will improve the way they work and provide greater satisfaction to their clients. To apply these innovations more efficiently, they train their workers to be flexible and open to new rules and procedures.
Not every client is knowledgeable on the subject of renovation or construction. That’s why, you need to find a contractor who will not take advantage of your unfamiliarity to give a substandard service or make you pay for more than what was provided to you. Though a contractor may not tell you everything, especially if it’s out of their control, they should at least tell you the possibilities.
Get a nearby contractor. Not just any local contractor, though, but the one that is trusted by many. Word of mouth is still the most personal and proven sign that a contractor is good. Ask around. If you have referrals, try to drop by and take a look at their previous jobs. The effort of finding an excellent contractor will pay off once your project is all done.
Let’s be honest. We can’t just rely on what people are saying. We want proof. So asking for a portfolio is the best thing to do if you’re having a hard time picking a contractor. This may be found on their website, social media pages or a compilation that they have with them. A portfolio doesn’t only visually confirm their skills but gives you an idea of how many people has trusted them through the years. Plus, it’s always satisfying to look at some before and after photos, right?
Respectful of your Home
No matter how big or small the job, a decent contractor has great respect for your premises – your family, your pets, your furniture and even your plants. To them, a job is not finished unless the area is clean and good as new. They are accustomed to tidying up after their work is done. They ensure that the improvement would be obvious but no sign of the mess made earlier.
Looking for a good contractor may be a challenge. But at the end of the day, it all goes down to three things: expertise, integrity and respect. If you feel that your contractor possess these qualities, you may have found the right match. Keep in mind as well that a renovation is a two-way street. In order for the contractor to perform well, you need to be clear about what you want. Have realistic goals and never be afraid to speak up. It is also important to read the contract carefully before signing it. Lastly, trust your contractor and let them do their job, especially if they have proven their capability. You can check their work once in a while but do not linger around watching their every move.
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